Developmental Psychology

General Course Information

Course Lecturer Name(s):  Dr. Justina Aire

Course Director Name:     Dr. Justina Aire

Course Lecturer(s) Contact Information: +1 473 444 4175 x3253

Course Director Contact Information: +1 473 444 4175 x3253

Course Lecturer(s) Office Hours: By Appointment Only     - Mon, & Wed.,:  11:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.  and Fridays 12:00-4:00 P.M.   BY APPOINTMENT ONLY - Zoom Platform  

Course Director Office Hours:  N/A

Course Lecturer(s) Office Location:  Balsier Building

Course Director Office Location:  Balsier Building

Course Support:   Ms. Thomas +1 473 444 4175 x3692 

Course Management tool: To learn to use Sakai, the Course management tool, access the link

Course Curriculum Information

Course Description: 

This course surveys the major areas of lifespan developmental psychology - the science of individual human development. The course emphasizes an understanding of the important methods, terms, theories, and findings in the field of lifespan psychology.

Course Objectives: 

  1. Learn and gain mastery of the basic facts and current research findings, terminology, principles, and theories important in the various areas of lifespan developmental psychology.
  2. Develop understanding, skills, and techniques for analyzing human behavior throughout the life span using scientific methods.
  3. Develop a basic understanding of the interaction between genetic and environmental influences on human development.
  4. Analyze current issues and controversies in the field of developmental psychology.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Develop an understanding of major areas of lifespan developmental psychology
  2. Analyze the science of individual human development
  3. Use the important methods, terms, theories, and findings in the field of lifespan psychology in research

Program Outcomes Met By This Course:

PSY PO. Utilize psychology knowledge in the understanding of self, and how one relates to others. 

SAS Grading Scale: Grades will be assigned as follows:

A  = 89.5% or better

B+ = 84.5 - 89.4%

B  = 79.5 - 84.4%

C+ = 74.5 - 79.4%

C = 69.5 - 74.4%

D = 64.5 - 69.4%

F = 64.4% or less 

Course Materials:

Text: Development Across the Life Span :Feldman : Pearson 7 ed : 2013 :New International Edition Paperback 

Recommended Texts:

  1. Butterworth G. Developmental Psychology: A student Handbook
  2. Lemme, Barbara Hanson (2005) Development in Adulthood (4tn Ed.)
  3. Slater, Allan (2003)  An introduction to Developmental Psychology Other Recommended References and Reading Materials:
  • American Psychological Association. (2009). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: APA.
  • - HR division of the American Psychological Society
  • - American Psychological Association

Course Grading Requirement:

  1. Five in-term quizzes (50%) - EXAM SOFT ONLY 
  2. Term Paper (20%) – Peer Presentation
  3. Final examination. (30%) - EXAM SOFT ONLY


To reduce the risk of your exam being flagged please observe the following:  

  1. Avoid talking out loud 
  2. Avoid looking away from the monitor 
  3. Avoid having distractions (animals, people) in or walking through the room or making noise during the exam 
  4. Check that your webcam is recording your full face at all times. 

Please be aware that 5% of your grade will be deducted if you are flagged for any of the following:  

  1. Use of prohibited resources (e.g. whiteboard/scrap paper) unless explicitly allowed as an accommodation 
  2. Multiple people in the camera's view unless in a shared examination space 
  3. Leaving the room or field of view during the exam 
  4. Wearing headgear that cover the ears (e.g. scarves, headphones) 
    1. If requested in advance, we will allow ear plugs as long as they are shown to the camera prior to starting the exam 
  5. Unnatural hand gestures 
  6. Poor lighting 
    1. You should be facing the light source 
  7. Eyes and face not visible for ENTIRE duration of the exam (masks allowed in shared examination spaces) 
  8. Answer and monitor files NOT uploaded.  
    1. You must ensure your microphone is enabled 
    2. Check that your image is not frozen 
  9. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​You will be monitored until you click the “continue to upload” button and leave secure mode. Please refrain from any actions that may lead to you being flagged until that time.

You will need to have your exam downloaded BEFORE the start time or you will risk a 0 (zero) grade.

Technical issues may occur, and any exam not downloaded by download end (30 min after exam start time) will not be counted.   

Course Requirements:

Attendance, Punctuality and Participation.  That is:   

  1. Be in class every scheduled session. Absence in peer Scheduled Presentation attracts a loss of marks. ii. Be in all scheduled classes within 10 Minutes of the start of class, latest.
  2.  Participate in the classroom discussions in a way that  demonstrates an understanding of the required reading, and  display ability to engage in meaningful academic discourse about the topics of the day.

Course Schedule


WEEK 1  Introductory Meeting and Beginnings – Introduction to Lifespan Development
WEEK 2  The start of Life – Prenatal Development and Birth and the Newborn Infant - Quiz 1  (Chapter 1)
WEEK 3     

Foundations of Life: - Physical Development in Infancy, Cognitive Development in Infancy and Social and Personality Development in Infancy

WEEK 4    7/2/22 Independence Day: & Wednesday  Quiz 2 (Chapter 3)-

The Pre-School Years - Physical and Cognitive Development  & Social and Personality Development in the Preschool years 



Quiz 3 (Chapter 5) - The Middle Childhood years - Physical and Cognitive



Social and Personality Development in Middle Childhood


Midterm Examination Week – No Mid-term Course Examination


Quiz 4 (Chapter 7) – Adolescence - Physical and Cognitive Development

WEEK 10 

Social and Personality Development in Adolescence

WEEK 11 

Quiz 5 (Chapter 9) – Preparation & start for Presentation of Group Project 

WEEK 12  

Presentation of Group Project Begins and continues

WEEK 13  

Presentation of Group Project Continues 

WEEK 14 

April 18 – Holy Monday - & Wednesday Presentation of Group Project Continues 



Endings: Death and Dying and Preparation for Final Examination

WEEK 16 

May 2 – Labor Day -  & Wednesday Final Examination   -   TWO CHAPTERS FOR FINAL EXAMINATION: - ONE chapter randomly selected of those NEITHER tested nor presented - plus CHAPTER 19.           

                                 EXPECTED HOLIDAYS – SPRING 2022

  • Holiday – Independence Day February 7
  • Midterm week March 7-11
  • Holiday – Good Friday   April 15
  • Holiday – Holy Monday April 18
  • Holiday – Labor Day  May 1 / Sunday
  • Holiday – Labor Day May 2 /Monday    

School of Arts and Sciences Master Syllabi — Info for All Sections

Plagiarism Policy

Academic Integrity

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

Plagiarism is regarded as a cardinal offense in academia because it constitutes theft of the work of someone else, which is then purported as the original work of the plagiarist. Plagiarism draws into disrepute the credibility of the Institution, its faculty, and students; therefore, it is not tolerated” (p. 48).

Plagiarism also includes the unintentional copying or false accreditation of work, so double check your assignments BEFORE you hand them in.

Be sure to do good, honest work, credit your sources and reference accordingly and adhere to the University’s Honor Code. Plagiarism and cheating will be dealt with very seriously following the university’s policies on Plagiarism as outlined in the Student Manual.

Your work may be subject to submission to plagiarism detection software, submission to this system means that your work automatically becomes part of that database and can be compared with the work of your classmates.

Attendance Requirement

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

Students are expected to attend all classes and or clinical rotations for which they have registered. Although attendance may not be recorded at every academic activity, attendance may be taken randomly. Students’ absence may adversely affect their academic status as specified in the grading policy. If absence from individual classes, examinations, and activities, or from the University itself is anticipated, or occurs spontaneously due to illness or other extenuating circumstances, proper notification procedures must be followed. A particular course may define additional policies regarding specific attendance or participation” (p. 9).

Examination Attendance

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

All matriculated students are expected to attend all assigned academic activities for each course currently registered. Medical excuses will be based on self-reporting by students. Students who feel they are too sick to take an examination or other required activity on a specific day must submit the online SAS medical excuse, which is available on Carenage. Students are only allowed two such excuses a year. Upon consultation with the Director of University Health Service, the third excuse will result in a mandatory medical leave of absence. The policies regarding make-up examinations are at the option of the Course Director” (p.46).

For additional specific examination policies and procedures, refer to the St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020), pages 31 through 37.

Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services Policy

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

A student with a disability or disabling condition that affects one or more major life activities, who would like to request an accommodation, must submit a completed application form and supporting documentation to the Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services (SAAS) located in the Dean of Students Office. It is highly recommended that students applying for accommodations do so at least one month before classes begin to allow for a more efficient and timely consideration of the request. If a fully completed application is not submitted in a timely fashion, an eligibility determination may not be made, and accommodations, where applicable, may not be granted prior to the commencement of classes and/or examinations” (p. 8).


It is the responsibility of the student to read and understand the policies, laws, rules and procedures that while they could affect your grade for a course, have not been specifically outlined in the course syllabus. These are contained in the St. George’s University Student Manual.